ICS ex­per­i­ence on the Samasung Galaxy Tab 10.1

As told be­fore, I have the ICS as provided by Sam­sung (to it is not the stock ICS, it is the Samsung-​version of ICS)  on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Now that it is nearly two months of us­ing it, I want to share a little bit of my ex­per­i­ence.

Ba­sic­ally it just works. If you know ICS already, you more or less know how it is on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The cal­en­dar app is dif­fer­ent, it is the Sam­sung app, not the nat­ive ICS one. I have a prob­lem to sync it with the exchange-​connector as it is in Horde 4, but I did not take the time to in­vest­ig­ate the is­sue. My Nexus S con­nects just fine, so it must be some modi­fic­a­tion by Sam­sung which is caus­ing the is­sue.

Some­times the tab­let hangs, and I have to shut­down by press­ing the power but­ton for some seconds. This only hap­pens when con­nec­ted via WLAN. When I start the tab­let again, it will hang again if I am not fast enough to enter the PIN of the SIM, un­lock the screen and to de­ac­tiv­ate the WLAN. But even then it will hang after the de­ac­tiv­a­tion of the WLAN. After re­boot­ing the second time (with WLAN already de­ac­tiv­ated), everything works again.

The email app is also stut­ter­ing some­times. This hap­pens when I open a folder with a lot of emails and the email app is try­ing to de­term­ine if there are at­tach­ments or not. Either the app is not multi-​threaded, or it is not well done.

Apart from that it just works.

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Email app from An­droid 3.1 in An­droid 3.2?

As pre­vi­ously re­por­ted, I tried the up­date to An­droid 3.2 on my Tab and was not happy about the new EMail app. At the week­end I had a little bit of time, so I tried to get the Email.apk from An­droid 3.1 into An­droid 3.2.

Long story short, I failed.

Ti­tani­um­Backup PRO was restor­ing or hours (the op­tion to mi­grate from a dif­fer­ent ROM ver­sion was en­abled) un­til I killed the app, and it did not get any­where (I just emailed their sup­port if I did some­thing com­pletely stu­pid, or of this is a bug in TB). And a copy by hand into /​system/​apps did not work (app fails to start).

Ideas wel­come.

Linuxu­lator D-​Trace probes com­mit­ted to cur­rent

A while ago I com­mit­ted the linuxu­lator D-​Trace probes I talked about earlier. I waited a little bit for this an­nounce­ment to make sure I have not broken any­thing. Nobody com­plained so far, so I as­sume noth­ing ob­vi­ously bad crept in.

The >500 probes I com­mit­ted do not cover the en­tire linuxu­lator, but are a good start. Adding new ones is straight for­ward, if someone is in­ter­ested in a ju­nior–ker­nel–hacker task, this would be one. Just ask me (or ask on emu­la­tion@), and I can guide you through it.

Sam­sung HMX-​H200 cam­corder

My wife de­cided that we need a cam­corder. As I am a good hus­band, I do not com­plain (she pays 😀 ).

There was an of­fer in a su­per mar­ket nearby. Not as low as you can find in the in­ter­net, but if there is a prob­lem, it is much more easy to com­plain. For some­thing like this, I/​we prefer this and am-​are OK to spend a little bit more money for this con­veni­ence.

This cam­corder is re­cord­ing to SDHC cards. Such cards have a speed rat­ing, and you need to take some min–speed one, to be able to re­cord videos with a cam­corder. Un­for­tu­nately Sam­sung does not list the speed rat­ing some­where. I searched on the Sam­sung site in the spe­cific­a­tions and in the FAQ. Noth­ing. After a little bit of googling I at least found a re­view where the re­cord­ing time for spe­cific card-​sizes where lis­ted.

So I took the card-​size in MB, di­vided it by the re­cord­ing time in seconds, and got the data trans­fer rate per second for the spe­cified res­ol­u­tions. The 1080i res­ol­u­tion has the highest trans­fer rate and as such it is the most in­ter­est­ing one to de­cide what kind of card one needs.

The highest trans­fer rate seems to be less than 2.2 MB/​s, so a class 4 SDHC card should be enough.